Bishop '''Robert Caldwell''' (7 May 1814 – 28 August 1891) was a missionary
, who academically established the Dravidian languages|Dravidian
family of languages. He served as Assistant Bishop of Tirunelveli
from 1877. He was described in ''The Hindu
'' as a 'pioneering champion of the downtrodden' and an 'avant-garde social reformer'.
The Government of Tamil Nadu
has created a memorial in his honour and a postage stamp has been issued in his name.
[[http://www.stampsofindia.com/lists/brochures/2010brochure2123.jpg Robert Caldwell] Stamps of India Retrieved 8 November 2010]
On the Madras Marina, a statue of Caldwell was erected as a gift of the Church of South India